Meet some of the women driving change in the bus industry
To celebrate International Women’s Day, which took place on Monday this week, Stagecoach Bluebird took a look at some of its shining stars.
Stagecoach Bluebird is proud of the fact it has 22% of all driving roles filled by female staff.
Danielle Martin from Portlethen first got a glimpse in the industry when she completed work experience in 2016. She later joined the team in Aberdeen Travel Shop helping customers and selling bus tickets. In 2020 Danielle retrained to become a Bus Driver at the age of just 19. Danielle balances driving buses in the area with her studies at North East of Scotland College where she is studying Childhood Practice.
She said: “I really enjoyed my work experience with Stagecoach and was surprised at how many different jobs there were in the company. It was great to get the chance to progress from working in the Travel Shop to train to become a bus driver, I love being out on the road and meeting different people using the bus every day.”
Fellow Driver, Nikki Shewan is also based at Aberdeen Depot and is usually seen driving a wide range of routes across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Nikki is one of the Stagecoach Bluebird Driving Mentors, providing help and guidance to newly qualified drivers. She joined the company in 2015.
Nikki said: “It is great to see more and more female drivers out on the road. I think regardless of your job you’ll always see some degree of gender based bias in the world but deep down the guys here know we’re just as good on the road as they are!”
Amber Beattie joined the company in 2013 and has seen a noticeable change in the number of female bus drivers. Amber is also a Driving Mentor and enjoys shifts covering the rural Deeside route from Aberdeen to Braemar.
She said: “I think there is a fairly long standing perception that men are better drivers in general but I get a lot of compliments from passengers about my driving and take pride in the part I play in challenging that bias!”
Peter Knight, Stagecoach Bluebird MD said: “Working in transport isn’t without its challenges, particularly during the pandemic, but having great people like Danielle, Nikki and Amber as part of the team makes each challenge easier to overcome.”